Best Buy Opens Pre-Orders for Bell’s Motorola Atrix

Pre-Order the Bell Atrix at Best Buy
Our friendly Canucks up north at Best Buy Canada are now taking pre-orders for the Motorola Atrix. For $50 of your hard-earned Canadian cash, you can secure a spot in the pre-order mix for this hotly anticipated dual-core phone. Sadly, no release date is given on Best Buy Canada’s website, but hopefully it’s not too far away. If you’re in Canada and want one of these cool looking phones, I hope you’re lucky enough to get one.

[via Best Buy Canada]

Rogers drops the Samsung Galaxy Tab to $299

rogers galaxy tab

Rogers Wireless has finally jumped on the bandwagon of carriers lowering the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab down to $299.99 on a 3 year contract. Even though this is a lower price, it’s still pretty pricey considering that the Galaxy Tab has 2 more models coming out with much better specs that this original, on top of that, there are going to be a giant amount of tablets being made available to Canada this year. If you really want a tablet, it would be advisable to hold on a little while longer, as this will lock you into a 3 year contract with an already outdated piece of hardware.

I have a better idea Rogers, get rid of the 3 year contract, and put this price at the maximum under a 2 year. In 3 years time, this tablet will look like an Etch-a-Sketch compared to whats available on the market when they’re finally good to buy another tablet.

[via Rogers Wireless]

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play getting GSM approval from FCC


We know that the Xperia Play will be hitting Verizon in the U.S, as well as O2 in the UK, but we haven’t heard much about where else it may be heading. Rogers Canada will be launching the Xperia Play this Spring as well, but we now see that the Xperia Play is htting the FCC again for GSM approval. More specifically, for GSM bands 900/2100MHz 3G, which are used in Asia and Europe more than other parts of the world.

Makes you wonder where the Xperia Play will be launching next, seeing as it’s getting FCC approval for Global GSM bands.


[via Engadget]

The Perfect Canadian Coffee Spots for You Late-Night Android Enthusiasts

Our Canadian readers may find this of interest, though it’s admittedly not exactly Android-related. But a couple of our good friends have started scouring Canada for the “perfect cup” of coffee. Steering clear of the bigger chains, they tend to focus on the smaller, more intimate places to sit down with a cup o’Joe. Common Grounds TV will be airing in Canada this Spring, and one of the leaders on this project, Nik Green, is a good friend to TalkAndroid staff. Canadian coffee enthusiasts, or just people who really like TalkAndroid (which is all of you, right?), should tune in and show support to Nik and his team. In the process, you might even find some of the best spots to sit down and enjoy some coffee, which is the perfect fuel for late-night Android sessions, be it gaming or developing.

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Telus will sell devices unlocked starting Feb 15th


As of February 15th, Telus will begin selling its’ devices with the ability to unlock the SIMs on most handsets they carry. This is a great way to retain customers, because to take advantage of the offer, you need to have a good account standing with Telus for a minimum of 90 days. The unlock will only cost you $50, and will work for both GSM and iDEN devices. Smart.

[via BGR]

Froyo update comes to Samsung Vibrant and Fascinate phones in Canada, bugs (hopefully) handled

Who wants Froyo? If you’re a Samsung Vibrant or Fascinate user in Canada, chances are your hand is up right now. Fortunately, it looks like Samsung Canada wants to help you out, as they now have a 2.2 update for:

  • Bell Samsung Vibrant
  • Virgin Mobile Samsung Vibrant
  • SaskTel Samsung Vibrant
  • Telus Samsung Fascinate

The update, as per usual, comes to us via Kies, and should come without the bugs from the last round of updates that killed off the MicroSD storage card. So check out Kies and see if you’ve got the upgrade, and be sure to let us know the results in the comments below.

[via engadget]

Samsung Galaxy Tab on AT&T, Rogers, Bell hacked for voice calls

Remember last week, when some clever hackers at xda-developers got voice calling functional on the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab? Well, they’re back with more. It would seem that, with the release of the Tab on AT&T comes the voice call hack for the very same tablet, and xda has the inside scoop on how to get it done for yourself.

Of course, just like last time, this isn’t a one-click trick. But, if you’re ready to don your geek hats and bust out with the nerd voice, hit the break for the official instructions. As always, you can hit the source link for the official thread over at xda, and TalkAndroid cannot be held liable to any damage to your device.

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Froyo update for the Acer Liquid E now available

Rogers and Fido customers who own an Acer Liquid E are getting their serving of Froyo. It’s not coming in the form of an OTA update, but customers can visit Acer’s Canadian website to download and install the update manually.

The zip file contains a pretty easy to follow set of instructions, and only one person has reported issues with this so far. It sounds like this should be a pretty simple upgrade, so if you’re on Rogers and Fido and have a Liquid E, let us know how the update process goes by leaving us a comment below!

[via AC]

Canadian Galaxy S owners getting Android 2.2 beginning in December

The Samsung Galaxy S is an extremely popular device to say the least, and our friends north of the border who own one can rest easy knowing that they will soon be getting an update to Android 2.2. Samsung has posted on their Facebook page that customers with Bell, Rogers and TELUS can expect the update beginning in December:

“We’d like to acknowledge the tremendous interest in the Froyo (Android 2.2) upgrade for Galaxy S series smartphones in Canada. We are working diligently to provide a tested and secure upgrade experience in Canada. Android 2.2 will be released for Vibrant from Bell and Captivate from Rogers in mid-December, and for the Fascinate from TELUS in early 2011. We’ll post further details as they become available.”

Bell and Rogers customers will be getting their serving of Froyo first, with TELUS customers getting in on the action in early 2011. Fear not my Canadian brothers, help is on the way!

[via MobileSyrup]

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes to Bell, data plans start at $20 / month

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, possibly named thus for it’s ability to show up on every carrier in the universe, has now come to carrier Bell. The device won’t be available in all locations, but the company has released a list of where you can pick one up. The Tab comes with all the standard specs, and will have some pretty standard pricing to boot.

According to Bell, you can pick up a Tab for $649.95 without any type of commitment, but with a “Tablet Flex plan”, you’ll receive a $50 bill credit. Data plans include:

  • 500 MB / Month – $20
  • 5 GB / Month – $35

If you find yourself on the lower data plan but end up using more than the allotted amount of internet goodness, you’ll automatically be bumped up to the second plan, rather than paying for overages directly. There is also a “Tablet TV add-on” for $10 / month, which gives you 10 hours of viewing every month, with overages at $1 / hour.

Be sure to hit the source link below for all the information on the Galaxy Tab from Bell, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[Bell via MobileSyrup]